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The Hidden Pleasures of Life

A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
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Are you truly alive? Move from mindfulness to thoughtfulness as Theodore Zeldin opens up new perspectives on life in a series of intimate conversations with figures both famous and obscure, from civilisations throughout time. Each chapter reconsiders one of the big decisions that every person has to make. 

What is the answer to the shortage of soul mates? How can one escape from work colleagues who are bores and organisations that thrive on stress? How could the unappreciated, rejected, or betrayed find less conventional ways of expressing their dismay? How could the quarrels within and between nations, religions, and temperaments open the way for a new attitude to disagreement? How can humour erode hypocrisy more effectively? How can the yearning for beauty help to make each life into a work of art? 

This is not yet another book offering instant cures. Instead of asking you to change your ways, it takes you on a journey of exploration into ambitions, affections, memories and experiments that might lead today's increasingly demanding humans nearer to filling the voids in their existence and becoming truly alive.

©2015 Theodore Zeldin (P)2015 Quercus Publishing

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  • MR J F COYLE
  • 09-09-16

Great life lessons.

Would you listen to The Hidden Pleasures of Life again? Why?

Zeldin really has profound and interesting views on life and makes these clear and thought provoking. This is a book for everyone, but not everyone will have the courage to read it.

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  • Paname toujours
  • 10-01-19

A thought provoking beauty

wonderful! absorbing and full of ideas to ruminate over. Mr Zeldin is an absolute gem.